Business Continuity Tip of the Month

Top down, bottom up

There are two things that are almost guaranteed to scupper the business continuity management programme from the outset. The first is a lack of senior management commitment. The second is a lack of commitment from the business users.

Many well-meaning business continuity managers try to overcome the absence of either (or both) by producing the business continuity plans by themselves. A common result is ineffective plans that sit on a shelf gathering dust, which aren’t updated to reflect changes within the business and which are seldom, if ever, tested.

To be successful, business continuity management requires a top down, bottom up approach. There needs to be visible commitment at board level, who should set and communicate policy. Implementation of the policy and the associated strategies and plans needs to be the responsibility of the business, not just the business continuity manager.

Easier said than done, perhaps, but if you can achieve these two things, you’ll have a fighting chance of success. Without them, life can be very difficult. So, if you haven’t done so already, why not start your quest for an executive sponsor today?